By Jennifer McRae

CASTLE ROCK, Colo. (CBS4)– A new fence is going up along Interstate 25 in Douglas County. The fence is meant to keep wildlife safe and reduce collisions between animals and vehicles.

The 16-mile stretch of fencing will be placed along both sites of I-25 from Lone Tree to Castle Rock. The hope is to block wildlife from getting onto the interstate.

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It’s part of ongoing efforts in Colorado to protect wildlife mitigation corridors. Crews will begin work on the fence next February with the goal of completing the project by next spring.

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The Colorado Department of Transportation, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Castle Pines, Castle Rock and Douglas County are partnering on the project.

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Colorado is among the top states in the U.S. in building wildlife mitigation corridors. The wildlife mitigating system along CO 9 between Silverthorne and Kremmling saw a collision decrease of 90% between wildlife and vehicles. The hope is that the same impact will be made with the fencing between the Ridgegate exit at mile marker 192 and the Meadows/Founders exit at mile marker 184.

Jennifer McRae